Incorporate ASL into school systems

Incorporate ASL into school systems

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Brandon Gambill started this petition to American Speech Language and Hearing Association(ASHA)
A significant problem at hand in the United States is that as a Nation we do not have enough classes in our school systems for learning American Sign Language. For every 1000 kids starting school each year, there are 9 who have a significant hearing loss and other students with communication disorders, leaving them unable to communicate adequately through speech. At times, these children may feel isolated and alone while at school and around their peers. A reason for this is because school systems do not teach American Sign Language, causing a break in communication between the kids who have normal hearing and the kids who do not.

For this problem to be solved, our school systems need to start teaching school-age kids American Sign Language starting in Kindergarten. It is shown that teaching a new language early on can create a true bilingual student. "most current research suggests this fear is unfounded, and evidence suggests that we may never be able to become perfectly bilingual if we start learning the second language after age 10. There are, indeed, many benefits to starting to learn a second language as soon as possible" (Norman, 2017).

I started this petition because...
We are Communication Sciences and Disorder students at Western Carolina University. Throughout our undergrad, we have had the opportunity to study about students who have a significant hearing impairment and students who have communication disorders. As professionals in the field of Speech-Language Pathology, we want all students to have equal opportunities.
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